COLUMBIA | Suspended Missouri running back Derrick Washington was not arrested or charged in connection with a young woman’s allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Washington, but prosecutors are reviewing the case.
“No arrest was made. No charges have been filed,” Capt. Brian Weimer of the University of Missouri Police Department told The Star this morning.
Weimer said he could not share details of the investigation report that had been sent to the prosecutor.
“All I can say is a matter has been referred to our office and is under review,” said Andrea Hayes, an attorney in the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office.
A log on the MU police website, which did not name the young woman or Washington, referenced an alleged incident in the early morning of June 19 of second-degree trespass and deviant sexual assault, which is a Class C felony in Missouri.
MU athletics policy states any player charged with a felony cannot be reinstated until the matter is resolved.
Hayes said she could not release the police report. But Washington -- as well as the alleged victim -- was named in order of protection documents obtained by The Star from the civil division of the Boone County Circuit Court office in Columbia.
Those documents contained a statement from the woman that said: “I was sexually assaulted by him I am pressing criminal charges. I fear physical retaliation.”
Another statement in those documents alleged that Washington -- whom multiple sources have told The Star was in the Campus View Apartments complex to visit another woman -- entered the room of the complainant without being invited and that it was there the alleged sexual assault took place.
An order of protection was applied for and granted, barring Washington from having any contact with the alleged victim. The alleged victim requested and was granted a continuance on extending the order on July 7, with a new court date set for July 21.
When neither party appeared in court on that date, the order of protection was dismissed without prejudice, meaning the order could be filed again.
Christopher Slusher, a member of the Columbia law firm retained by the Washington family, told The Star today that he could make no comment on what was alleged to have transpired and what actions might result in the future.
On Thursday, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel announced he had “indefinitely suspended” Washington, calling it a disciplinary action on which he would not make further comment.
This morning, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden told The Star that he had been aware “for probably around a week and a half of some concerns” regarding the incident allegedly involving Washington.
While neither Pinkel nor Alden would say how long an indefinite suspension might last, Pinkel suspending Washington in the absence of charges being filed would seem to indicate that Washington would likely not play in Missouri’s season opener Sept. 4 against Illinois in St. Louis.
Washington -- a former star at Raymore-Peculiar High School -- came into the season as a third-year starter with a 5.2-yard career rushing average and as a prime weapon as a receiver in Missouri’s spread offense.
Most likely to move into the starting position is sophomore Kendial Lawrence, who as a true freshman averaged 4.2 yards in 52 rushes while catching only three passes for 49 yards.
De’Vion Moore, a junior tailback, has a career rushing average of 4.7 yards in 104 carries for 489 yards, but Moore has been slowed by a foot injury and had already fallen behind Lawrence on the depth chart.
After that, the experience factor at tailback drops off to nothing.
Freshmen Henry Josey, Marcus Murphy and Greg White have never played in a college game. Sophomore Jared Culver has played only on special teams, never having carried or caught a football in a college game.
After Lawrence, the player most likely to see action at tailback for Missouri in the opening game looks to be Josey. On Thursday, in MU’s final preseason scrimmage, Josey had only four runs for eight yards. However, he caught five passes for 44 yards.
In the absence of Washington, Missouri would appear to be ready to rely more than ever on a passing attack led by quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The next question could be about how long Missouri might have to depend primarily on the pass. The answer to that could be tied to how long before Washington returns to the MU football team, or if he returns at all.